Travis Wilkins

Youth social enterprise businesses ideas sought

Got a social enterprise business idea that'll serve youth?

A new Revelstoke initiative is seeking your ideas for social enterprise businesses that will serve the community while employing youth and providing skills training.

Program contractor Travis Wilkins is working with Community Futures and the Stoke Youth Network on the new program.

They’re open to any ideas for new initiatives. “It’s super-wide open,” he said. “Really the main criteria is it would be something that youth would be interested in.”

The program is open to youth aged 12–30, but those over that threshold are welcome to get involved with their youth-focused business ideas.

Social enterprises balance achieving social, environmental and economic outcomes while striving to turn a profit.

An example? “What comes to mind is something like Mountain Equipment Co-op,” Wilkins said.

“The stage we’re at is determining the feasibility of doing it,” he added. “It has to be profitable enough to sustain itself. It needs to be a viable business.”

Get in on the ground floor at the program’s first brainstorming session at Sangha Bean on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 7–9 p.m. or contact 250-837-5345.


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